Caleb Weiland's Beer Notes 02/05/18

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If Winnie the Pooh was a brewer and lived in New Orleans, a honey grapefruit lager is probably something he would’ve concocted. But, he lives in a forest that lacks brewing equipment, so Abita made this beer instead. Using locally sourced honey, ripe grapefruits and a slew of German hops, this beer is ideal for anyone who’s a fan of Strawberry Lager or Purple Haze. Only seven in stock. If you need something that is a warm blanket for your liver, we also received their 8% oyster stout (called SS Mother Shucker) which is an incredibly rare style and one of two that we’ve ever carried in our portfolio.

It’s 20 degrees in early February right now, which means you are about a week away from getting force fed summer seasonal releases and one month away from Oktoberfests being released. If you want to stick with some beer styles that follow what Mother Nature has dictated lately, look into HI Wire Enchanter Baltic Porter and Goodwood Black Blood of the Earth (Imperial Stout). Ominously named, but actually a friendly giant, Black Blood of the Earth is a 9.9% imperial stout that is not aged in any barrel whatsoever, which is a first for Goodwood (do you really want another 14% barrel aged stout?). Hi Wire’s Baltic Porter is 8.5% and aged in white oak. Contains chocolate and fruit notes up front, but finishes with a smooth, tannic dryness. Both available in kegs.

 Honky Tonk Brewing, Nashville TN

Honky Tonk Brewing, Nashville TN

·         If you’re familiar with sports or modern culture, you may have heard of a young up and comer named Lebron James. In ode to this newbie, Honky Tonk has brewed a barrel aged dark chocolate brown ale named Lebrown James. And because Lebron is a little flaky and tends to change teams every couple of years, this beer is brewed with flaked oats to give it a soft finish.

 Trinity of Hoppiness - Stone Beer IPA Tasting Pyramid 

Trinity of Hoppiness - Stone Beer IPA Tasting Pyramid 

·         Developed in 2016, a popular new hop on the block is called Loral, which was used in Stone’s immensely popular Ghost Hammer. Then there’s an actual hop called Dr. Rudi, which has been around since 1976 and was originally called The Alpha Hop. Exuding strong herbal aromas and flavors of pine, it was inevitable that this old school hop would be paired with the new school hops (Loral) that exhibit floral and citrus flavors. In ode to this successful breeding, Stone developed Inevitable IPA at 8.9%, giving you a taste of past and present. Available in limited 1/6’s.

·         Also, check out Left Hand Well Played IPA, Mayday Berry Blonde (freshest of fresh batch now in stock), Victory Winter Cheers, Gypsy Circus Tea Leaf Cider and Innis and Gunn Kindred Spirits.